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MOTHERWELL defender Fraser Kerr says they have to silence the Ibrox crowd tonight (Wednesday) to ensure they progress in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

After their European endeavours ’Well make a belated entry into this year’s competition and face fallen giants Rangers who will be looking to make up for their Ramsdens Cup exit to Queen of the South last week.

Kerr said: “You look at Rangers and they have some SPL-quality players so it will be a tough game.

“They wanted to be playing in the SPL this season so perhaps see us as a scalp they can take to prove they should still be up there.

“I wouldn’t say we are favourites as we can’t look at them as being a Third Division team, they have taken on players from SPL teams so I think we have to look at it as playing SPL opposition.

“They’ll have the backing of probably the biggest crowd I’ll have played in front of. But if we can overcome that, then I am quietly confident we can get a victory.”

Kerr (19) returned to Motherwell on loan from Birmingham City at the start of the season, having left the club as a 16-year-old.

He says he would have gone to any SPL club in search of first team football, but Fir Park was always his first choice destination.

Kerr said: “I came up through the youth system so there are a lot of familiar faces and it was good to come back.

“If another SPL team had wanted to take me on loan I’d have jumped at the chance as the main aim was first team football.

“However the fact that Motherwell is close to my heart would have made the difference if I’d have had to make a choice.”

Kerr made his ’Well debut as a substitute against Kilmarnock in August and was then handed a start against Levante in the Europa League qualifier, cementing his place at right back.

He said: “I didn’t expect to play right away, but I’ve been given a great opportunity.”

’Well sit top of the table after Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Aberdeen and will be looking to extend their lead at the top when champions Celtic call at Fir Park on Saturday.

They would have been more than one point clear had they not lost two late goals at Pittodrie as the Dons fought back from 3-1 down.

In-form striker Michael Higdon netted one of the Fir Parkers’ goals - his seventh so far this season.

However, Kerr doesn’t believe league positions mean much at this early stage.

He said: “The lads were a bit deflated after the game, but we played some really good stuff.

“We were unlucky to come away with a draw, but all credit to Aberdeen who kept fighting to the end.

“I don’t think the players are concentrating on Celtic as we are just looking to get a victory at Ibrox first.

“Being top of the table doesn’t count for anything at the moment and we need to pick up as many points as we can.”

Dons match report - page 47.